Israel’s Lapid: from heart-throb to the hot seat

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By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) – As a TV star and newspaper columnist, Yair Lapid titled his weekly commentary “Being Israeli” – a rhapsody about the politically centrist middle-class that he saw holding together a fractious country, with him as its tribune. As caretaker prime minister after parliament dissolved itself on Thursday, the still-chiseled but now gray-haired Lapid may have to reach out more widely to maintain a stable government and win a Nov. 1 election on his own merits. A decade in public service at the head of the Yesh Atid(“There is a Future”) party which he founded and i…

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